Have you had any electronic gear stolen from you at the airport?

Have you had any electronic gear stolen from you at the airport?

Summary: New airport/airline regulations regarding carry on luggage following the arrest of terror suspects in the UK has meant that passengers can't take electronic gear (cameras, laptops, iPods and so on) onto planes as hand luggage. While this is a sensible security precaution given the ongoing security threat, it's a policy that also seems to be allowing thieves who work within airports a greater level of opportunity and access to help themselves to other people's stuff.

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New airport/airline regulations regarding carry on luggage following the arrest of terror suspects in the UK has meant that passengers can no longer take electronic gear (such as cameras - digital or film, laptops, iPods and so on) onto planes as hand luggage.  While this is a sensible security precaution given the ongoing security threat, it's a policy that also seems to be allowing thieves who work within airports a greater level of opportunity and access to help themselves to other people's stuff.

I'm interested in getting first hand accounts from people affected by the recent changes in security. 

  • What have been your experiences of traveling under the new rules?
  • What are your thoughts on the new rules?  Do they make you feel more secure?
  • Does the company you work for allow electronic gear to be stored in the hold?
  • Are you taking additional steps to secure data?
  • Do these new restrictions stop you flying?
  • Have you had anything stolen?  What?  How was it stolen?  What can you expect in the way of compensation?

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  • no electronic gear?

    I haven't read anything about electronic gear being forbidden from carry-on's. The only thing I've seen is no liquids or gels of any kind. Do you have a link to the policy that says no electronics?
    digital_curiosity
  • Electronic gear banned

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4790055.stm

    electronic items are not among the items exempt from teh ban, therefore they are banned (until the relaxation comes into force).
    aid@...
  • I've had DVDs stolen out of my checked luggage pissibly by TSA

    Clueless on whether it was airline baggage handlers or TSA bag searchers. The bag that the DVDs (2 cases full of 32 DVDs each; all primary movie DVDs no specials Disks) were stolen from had a TSA search notice in it. I fly Southwest. My sister worked customer support for America West and it is a frequent customer problem she had to deal with - theft out of checked baggage (baggage going underneath, in the hold).
    GreatInca
  • TSA Thievery - Epidemic??

    I travel frequently and often overseas. I've had numerous occassions where electronics have been stolen from checked luggage. I personally believe this to be an enormous issue that has yet to receive any broad public attention. Perhaps someone will read these posts and initiate an expose into this ridiculous abuse of responsibility - afterall, these 'agents' are supposed to be protecting airline passengers from serious security threats. How much can we trust that this is happening if they're spending their time looking for gadgets they can sell on ebay?

    Two most recent occasions:

    Denver to Heathrow - British Airways
    April 8, 8:15pm Flight 218
    Stolen: PC Game and DVD's

    Denver to Heathrow - British Airways
    August 28, 8:15pm Flight 218
    Stolen: Power Supply for HP Pavilion Notebook (probably hoping that they'd find the laptop in another bag!)

    See a pattern? With the most recent changes in carry-on restrictions, it would seem logical that this problem will get worse before it gets better unless some measures are put in place to monitor these individuals.
    deanseifert